Portland based artist Jackie K. Johnson has a long tradition of using a variety of evocative forms and sophisticated color to delve into the twists and turns of life. Johnson’s paintings reflect on both the world in which she lives and the act of painting itself. Her latest exhibition continues an exploration of urban and natural forms presented in vibrantly colored and densely composed imagery, merging representation and abstraction, reflecting on motion and stillness. Compositions experiment with a variety of spatial juxtapositions, including linear and aerial perspective, to present views of familiar imagery, including ladders, fish and lures, industrial skylines and waterways, bouquets and more. Each painting is inspired by places, objects, and experiences in Johnson's own life, infusing the work with warmth and vitality. Johnson's use of complex layers, compositions within compositions, and vivid color relationships animate her paintings and provide endless avenues for the imagination to explore.
A native of Oregon and a graduate of the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Jackie Johnson made New York City her home from 1978 to 1993 where she worked and exhibited her paintings. She has been included in numerous gallery and museum invitationals such as the Blair Art Museum and the Johnstown Art Museum in Pennsylvania, the Academy of Art in Easton, Maryland, and 55 Mercer Street Gallery in New York. Currently her work is on display in the Pacific Northwest focus galleries of the Portland Art Museum. Her work is part of collections including the City of Portland, Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Health and Science University, Safeco Corporation and the Portland Art Museum.